Canucks recall McVicar, Green from Manitoba

Updated: November 2, 2005, 3:54 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks recalled rookie goaltender Rob McVicar and forward Josh Green from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

Both players arrived in time for Wednesday night's game against Minnesota.

Green takes the place of fellow left winger Matt Cooke, who had surgery after his jaw was broken by an errant shot in practice Tuesday.

Green, who has played in 232 NHL games during his nine-year career, tied for the team lead with four goals and six assists in nine games with Manitoba this season.

McVicar will back up Alex Auld, who takes over as the starter for at least the next three games while No.1 goaltender Dan Cloutier recovers after sustaining a concussion in a collision with teammate Nolan Baumgartner on Saturday in Colorado.

McVicar has never played in the NHL but was called up ahead of 13-year NHL veteran Wade Flaherty, who has been impressive with a 4-2-0 record, two shutouts, a 1.74 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in the AHL this season.

However, Flaherty would have been exposed on waivers under terms of the NHL's new CBA because he makes more than $75,000 in the minor leagues, and the Canucks would have been forced to pay half his NHL salary if another team selected him.

Cloutier, who spent a night in a Colorado hospital, was symptom-free after informal workouts the last two days and could be back for Monday's game in Calgary.

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